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The Festive Countdown Begins With Fun For All The Family
The countdown to Christmas has begun in earnest in the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth. The town's festive season officially gets under way on Sunday 20 November with a packed programme of yuletide celebrations for the whole family and the much anticipated switching on of Tamworth's Christmas lights.
Fun for all the family at Christmas lights switch on
The festivities take place from 1pm including live music, fairground rides, a seasonal festive market, a treasure hunt, walkabout characters, dance performances, face painting, and a live nativity near the main Town Hall by members of St Francis Church at 2.30pm, Members of Tamworth Sixth Form Dance Company will be performing a special piece under the Town Hall in Market Street from 2pm. The production has been inspired by the Town Hall itself and will explore its pillars and arches, its original construction and the building's purpose throughout the years.
Tamworth Town Hall is the setttng for festive events
Back by popular demand will be the Christmas market which will be lining George Street from 1pm with a range of stalls selling gifts, crafts, novelties, local produce and festive food. And providing shoppers with a musical accompaniment, contemporary brass band Liquid Brass will be playing festive music in George Street between 2pm and 5pm. Also returning is the annual Christmas Tree Festival in St Editha's Church, which will open to the public from Friday 18 November to Friday 25 November, when people will be able to admire dozens of trees decorated by schools, businesses, local groups and individuals.
Fun events also take place in and around St Editha's Church
Additional live music will centre around the Touch FM stage in St Editha's Square, featuring live performances from a range of acts. The music kicks off at 2pm with Matilda Pratt and is then followed by Just Perform, Glenn Chevannes & Dancers, the Upbeat Dance Company, Tamworth Voices, and Tamworth Panto Company, concluding at 4.20pm with The Glamophones. That will be followed at 4.50pm by the arrival of Santa Claus on stage alongside characters from children's TV series Paw Patrol and the Mayor of Tamworth ready for the big Christmas lights switch-on. The honour of throwing the switch has been given to the 10-year-old Grace Jay who won a Cub Cake and Brownie Bake Off competition which took place as part of this year's Tamworth in Bloom competition.
The Christmas Lights Switch On has been organised by Tamworth Borough Council's Arts & Events team in partnership with the Tamworth Christmas Lights Festival Committee. Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Ken Norchi, said: "This is the perfect way to start the Christmas festivities inTamworth. Another great afternoon of fun and entertainment has been lined up and I hope to see lots of people soaking up the festive atmosphere."